Throughout this season, there have been complaints that Sheldon has been over-the-top mean at times, even a bully in one episode. Finally the situation was turned around; Howard could pay back Sheldon for his demeaning attitude all these years.
The dream of many young boys is to be an astronaut and go into space, but not even Howard’s upcoming trip earned him Sheldon’s respect. Instead, it took the opportunity to meet Stephen Hawking for Sheldon to give Howard any consideration at all. Even then, Sheldon demeaned Howard’s profession.
If you can’t earn the respect of your friend professionally, you might as well take advantage of the situation, right? Howard’s assigned tasks were varied, yet all hilarious. The best part about them was that no one other than Sheldon would have followed through with them. Sheldon may be incredibly intelligent, but he tends to misperceive comments and situations.